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African American Experience Research Intern
Ref No.: 20-00109
Location: Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 01/18/2021
Position Description

In 2017, Great Smoky Mountains National Park embarked on the African American Cultural Experience in the Smokies.  This project is a multi-year undertaking to research and document the untold stories of the African American community in and around what is now Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The ultimate project goal is to develop educational and interpretive products throughout the park, and local communities, that creates an inclusive and diverse space for all people of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and the world.The African American Experience Research Intern at Great Smoky Mountains National Park will work as the project's lead researcher. The position will continue the research and work that began in 2017. 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Perform primary and secondary research work in archives, libraries, and online
  • Recruit and conduct oral history interviews with community members
  • Interact with the local African American community to develop relationships that might lead to identifying new people to interview. This could include conducting open house events, attending community meetings, church events etc.
  • Maintain accurate permissions and records for oral history participants, safe-guarding personal identifiable information (PII)
  • Assist with drafting grant proposals
  • Meet regularly with Science Communicator (supervisor) to discuss assignments and findings
  • Organize and maintain research findings digitally for staff use and for archives preservation
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with external partners through in-person meetings and email, as necessary
  • Prepare press releases, and reports
  • Analyze and summarize research project data
  • Day travel to communities around the park in both North Carolina and Tennessee; government vehicle may be available
  • Attend seminars, and conferences as related to the project
  • May lead AmeriCorps members in project related assignments
  • Assist with the development of educational and interpretive materials resulting from project
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Science Communicator (supervisor)
Minimum Job Requirements
  • Completion of 4 year degree in History, or related field, from an accredited institution (candidates currently seeking Masters or Doctoral degrees preferred)
Required Knowledge and Skills
  • Familiarity with MS365 Suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and OneDrive
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Proficient with audio and video equipment
  • Critical thinking
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Multi-tasking

Conditions of Employment
  • Consent to and pass government background check
  • Possession of a valid state driver's license
  • Personal vehicle recommended
Working Conditions
  • 40 hour work week, Monday through Friday, with some weekends and evenings as needed
  • 3-4 months annually, possibly for multiple years
  • Shared office space
Compensation & Benefits
  • Hourly rate dependent upon experience
  • Rent-free park housing will likely be available
  • Government vehicle will be provided
If you have any questions, please email Christine Louis-Jacques at